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How do you prove negligence in a reckless driving case?

Most drivers in Pennsylvania and across the nation have experienced an increase in incidents involving speeding, tailgating and angry drivers who weave in and out of lanes, putting all drivers at risk. Accidents that result from such reckless driving behavior can...

Why are so many teenage drivers distracted?

Recent reports of rising accident rates due to distracted driving in Pennsylvania and across the country keep people on edge as they head out to work, run errands or take family trips. Whether it is observing erratic driving patterns, drifting, or sudden stops in the...

What is the qualified business income deduction?

Pennsylvania businesses can use a boost in today’s variable market, especially when it comes from the Internal Revenue Service. Although there was some trepidation about how the current administration was planning to change tax law, it has largely left untouched one...

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Valerie Diaz Cruz
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  • Associate

Location:

Hazleton, PA

Phone:

Fax:

570-459-0729

Bio Overview

Valerie Diaz Cruz is a long-time resident of Hazleton, PA. She is a 2011 graduate of Hazleton Area High School and a 2014 graduate of Temple University, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. While at Temple University, Valerie was invited to and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

In 2019, Valerie graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law and received a Juris Doctor. While earning her J.D., Valerie was a recipient of several scholarships (The Conwell Scholarship, The James Peter and Stella Liacouras Memorial Scholarship, and The Hispanic Bar Association Legal Education Fund Scholarship). She was a member as well as president of the Latin American Law Student Association. Valerie also worked with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of PA, served as a teaching assistant to the Honorable Juan R. Sánchez and the Honorable Mia R. Perez, and was as a Certified Legal Intern in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Valerie has worked in and is very familiar with the Luzerne County Judicial System. From October 2015 through August 2016 she worked for Honorable Joseph D. Zola. During the summer of 2017, Valerie served a judicial internship with the Honorable Tina P. Gartley and from May 2018 through August 2018 Valerie was a Certified Legal Intern in the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office.

Today, Valerie focuses her practice on Workers' Compensation Law, Personal Injury Law, Commercial Litigation, and Family Law.

Areas of Practice

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Personal Injury
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2019
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2019

Education

  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Dean’s List
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 2015
    • Honors: Cum Laude
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Criminal Justice
    • Minor: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Luzerne County Bar Association, Member, Present

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
Our Blog

How do you prove negligence in a reckless driving case?

Most drivers in Pennsylvania and across the nation have experienced an increase in incidents involving speeding, tailgating and angry drivers who weave in and out of lanes, putting all drivers at risk. Accidents that result from such reckless driving behavior can...

Why are so many teenage drivers distracted?

Recent reports of rising accident rates due to distracted driving in Pennsylvania and across the country keep people on edge as they head out to work, run errands or take family trips. Whether it is observing erratic driving patterns, drifting, or sudden stops in the...

What is the qualified business income deduction?

Pennsylvania businesses can use a boost in today’s variable market, especially when it comes from the Internal Revenue Service. Although there was some trepidation about how the current administration was planning to change tax law, it has largely left untouched one...

Laputka, Bayless, Ecker & Cohn, PC
Toll Free : 800-582-6452
Phone : 570-861-5905
Hazleton Law Office Map